Aid and the Political Economy of Policy Change
By Tony Killick
Routledge – 1998 – 255 pages
This volume looks at the effectiveness of conditionality in structural adjustment programmes. Tony Killick charts the emergence of conditionality, and challenges the widely held assumption that it is a co-operative process, arguing that in fact it tends to be coercive and detrimental to development objectives. Through detailed case studies of twenty one recipient countries, he explores the key issues of:
* role of agencies
* government objectives and the effects of policy.
The conclusion is that conditionality has been counterproductive to price stability, economic growth and investment.
'… should be required reading… an excellent account of the failure of the current system of donor-assisted economic policy reform in developing countries.' - Political Studies